How To Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing

January 4, 2017

Winter is a magical time, but it can also be a troublesome one too.   Cold weather brings freezing temperatures which can wreak havoc on your home and yard. One of the biggest problems you could run into this winter is frozen pipes.   When it’s cold enough, plumbing pipes may freeze. The good news is this isn’t just left up to chance. There are several things you can do to prevent your pipes from freezing. Here’s how!

How to Save Your Winter Pipes

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Know the Problem Areas

Not ever pipe in your home is going to freeze. In fact, there are some pipes that are much more likely to freeze than others, and it’s based on their location.   Obviously the further from warmth and heat, the more likely your pipes are to freeze. For example, the pipes in unheated areas of the home that are not protected in anyway are much more likely to freeze.   The same goes for pipes near exterior walls and any plumbing outside of your home. This is especially true of outdoor hose bib and your water sprinkler lines.

Unlikely Sources

While you’re busy worrying about pipes inside your home, you may easily forget other sources of potential pipe freezes.   For example, a frozen garden hose can actually do a lot of damage! When your garden hose freezes, it expands.   Not only does it expand in the hose (and break it) but it also expands through the whole plumbing system. To prevent your pipes from freezing be sure you are disconnecting, draining, and storing your garden hoses away each fall before freezing temperatures arrive.

Drain Water

While you are draining water from your garden hoses, you need to drain water from a few other places as well. If you have a swimming pool, you should drain all of the water from it.   You should also drain the water from the sprinkler supply lines.

Turn It Off

Once everything has been drained and stored properly, make sure you close inside valves that supply water to your outdoor hose bibs.   Once that is turned off, open the hose bib to let out any excess water. You should leave it open so that any excess water can drain out without building up and expanding in the freezing weather.

Do a Final Check

As one last measure of precaution, inspect your home for water supply lines, particularly in the unheated areas.   You especially look for those pipes that are not insulated or protected in anyway. If you find some that look susceptible to freezing, use a pip sleeve or heat cable to protect them from freezing temps.   By preventing your pipes from freezing, you will be saving yourself a lot of hassle this winter. You can avoid dealing with pipe replacements, flooding water, and water damage. You’ll also be saving yourself a big headache come springtime and you’re ready to turn on your sprinklers.   With a properly working sprinkler system, you can focus on promoting a lush, green lawn for the summertime.   For help with any of your lawn care needs, don’t forget to contact All Green Pest Control & Lawn Care.